“A hot topic in sustainability is lowering laundry wash temperatures to reduce energy consumption required for heating water,” notes George Smith, editor-in-chief of AOCS’ Journal of Surfactants and Detergents. However, one of the challenges in cold-water washing is the removal of fats and oils that are solid or semisolid at the wash temperature. New work from David Sabatini and his team at the University of Oklahoma shows how extended chain anionic surfactants, whose behavior correlates well with predictions from the hydrophile-lipophile deviation concept developed by Jean-Louis Salager, can provide enhanced cleaning performance under cold-water wash conditions. Check out this article, available free of charge through August 16, 2015.
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